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CRIMINAL CODE 1899 - SECT 469A

Sabotage and threatening sabotage

469A Sabotage and threatening sabotage

(1) A person who wilfully and unlawfully destroys or damages a public facility with intent to cause—
(a) major disruption to government functions; or
(b) major disruption to the use of services by the public; or
(c) major economic loss;
is guilty of a crime.
Penalty—
Maximum penalty—25 years imprisonment.
(2) A person who threatens to commit sabotage is guilty of a crime.
Penalty—
Maximum penalty—14 years imprisonment.
(3) For subsection (2) , a person threatens to commit sabotage if—
(a) the person threatens to unlawfully destroy or damage a public facility; and
(b) the threat is made with the intention of inducing in someone else a belief that the threat will be carried out; and
(c) if the threat were to be carried out, the threatened destruction or damage would be likely to cause—
(i) major disruption to government functions; or
(ii) major disruption to the use of services by the public; or
(iii) major economic loss.
(4) A person can not be prosecuted for an offence against subsection (1) or (2) without a Crown Law Officer’s consent.
(5) In this section—

"damage" , a public facility, includes disrupt the operation or use of the facility.

"government entity" means—
(a) the State; or
(b) a State instrumentality, agency, authority or entity; or
(c) a corporate entity established by an Act or that is of a description of a corporate entity provided for by an Act that, in either case, collects revenues or raises funds under the authority of an Act; or
(d) a government owned corporation; or
(e) another State, the Commonwealth, a local government or a local government of another State; or
(f) another entity performing a government function.

"government functions" means functions of the State, another State, the Commonwealth, a local government or a local government of another State.

"public facility" means any of the following, whether publicly or privately owned—
(a) premises or another place occupied by a government entity;
(b) a public infrastructure facility, including—
(i) infrastructure for a water or sewerage service; and
(ii) a facility for supplying energy or fuel to the public; and
(iii) a facility for a telecommunication system; and
(iv) roads, railways, equipment, vehicles and other infrastructure for public transport; and
(v) other infrastructure for a community service;
(c) a public place.



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